Effects of a school-based instrumental music programme on primary school children

What every parent, teacher, pupil and educator should know……….

Music aids memory, haven’t you heard?

A German study has found that young children who took instrumental music lessons did better than their peers on verbal memory tests.

An 18-month study, led by Ingo Roden of Carl von Ossietzky University in Oldenburg, has confirmed research conducted in Canada and Hong Kong that training in a musical instrument improves children’s speech and language processing.

Writing in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, the German researchers report that no similar effect to that of music training was found for children taking an enriched academic curriculum.

The study featured seven- and eight-year-old children (37 boys and 36 girls) recruited from seven primary schools scattered around Germany. Twenty-five received special music training above and beyond the basic school curriculum.

They participated in weekly 45-minute lessons where they played the instrument of their choice – guitar, violin, cello, flute, trumpet,

clarinet or drums – and received tuition, with no more than five in a group. They also practised at home.

Another 25 children,

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S5/6 – Performance Prelim Exam

S5/6 Pupils will have their Prelim Performance Exam(s) in less than three weeks!

5D on Thursday 14 February periods 3 and 4. 5B on Friday 15 February, periods 3 and 4. If you are doing Music with Performing you must do both your instruments; of course, for Music with Technology you perform on one instrument.

Your prelim will be recorded so that it can be kept as evidence if required.

Remember to complete the online performance form (https://birsemusic.wordpress.com/music-courses/194-2/) by MONDAY 28 JANUARY.

See you on Monday!

Mr Birse

Snow Days – School closed

To all pupils – there are plenty of materials, revision notes, listening guides on this website for you to revise during Snow Days when the school is closed. There is also information on the requirements of your course (performing, composing, listening and technology).

If there is anything you think should be added, please let me know. Click here.

Thank you.

Mr Birse

S4, S5, S6 – Intermediate 1 & 2, and Higher Music exams

The FINAL performance exams for Intermediate 1, Intermediate 2 and Higher will soon be here. They are from the middle of February (around the long weekend) to the end of March. You will need to let me know by Monday 28 January what you are playing, who the composers are and how long the pieces last. You also heed to give me a photocopy of all the music you are playing. You will get a form at class on Tuesday 22nd January or you can complete the online registration. This is found on the website at Music Courses/ Assessment (https://birsemusic.wordpress.com/music-courses/194-2/)

So to recap, there are two things you have to do by Monday 28 January…..

  • Complete a form (either paper or online) letting me know what your FINAL performances are.
  • Photocopy the music that you are playing from.

See you in school.

Mr Birse

Senior Concert Band and Orchestra……

Printed Music – please return all the music you played at the Christmas concert. Just the Christmas music as we may play the other material later. So on Wednesday 16 January take your folder to Band and Orchestra, and give me back the music. As you know, it is very expensive to buy music and it is important that I get it all back.

Mr Birse